Surely, many car owners are faced with a situation where the car doors are locked and the keys remain in the cabin. There are not many chances to correct what happened. It is best to use a spare key if, of course, it is within reach. The most desperate strive to solve the problem on the spot, breaking, for example, glass with a suitable cobblestone.
We preferred the intermediate method, entrusting the solution to the problem to specialists. Fortunately, the Internet is full of offers from companies that are ready to open anything for money - from a car to a safe. The methods used are not very diverse. To evaluate the quality of the service live, we put the keys in the cup holder of the central tunnel, locked the editorial Ford Mondeo with a spare set and sat down on the phone.
Matching using an electronic device.
Electronic device electronic device
The picklock vibration caused by the built-in electric motor causes the pins to bounce randomly. After some manipulations, they hang for a while in the position necessary for turning the key. Any person who does not have special skills will be able to use this device.
True, to acquire it you will need to obtain a special license.
The principle of operation of mechanical master keys is the same.
Mechanical lock pick
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Only instead of an electric drive is a mechanical lever used here.
Sell such a tool also by special permission.
Some prefer the classic master keys, the most ancient fixture. But not everyone can take advantage of them: not only special training is necessary, but also dexterity.
Accessories for pressing glass and doors
Accessories for pressing glass and doors. Accessories for pressing glass and doors.
However, messing with obtaining licenses for the majority is not handy: long and expensive. And there are only a few masters of “bear cubs” who know their craft perfectly. Therefore, men on call prefer simpler snap-in, using various devices for pressing windows and doors.
One of the tricks is the forced lowering of the side window using the suction cups fixed to it. A long wire is passed into the resulting gap and the inner door handle is pulled.
If the number does not pass, a gap for the wire is created in the upper corner of the door, squeezing the edge of the frame with an air bag and plastic wedges. The method is barbaric: both the door itself and its seal may suffer (the cost of the latter for foreign cars starts from 3000 rubles).
In the same way, you can get into the trunk by squeezing the lock latch with an “extension cord" or by hooking the emergency cable.
On the first call, after 50 minutes, the master arrived in a personal modest-looking car. But it was worth looking at the impressive arsenal of all kinds of devices, as it became clear: this banker was too tough for this ace.
Since the locked car is not safe, the master limited himself to a small case with a set of master keys, a spray can of WD-40 type liquid and a folding chair for ease of use. He worked calmly, without any visible effort, literally feeling his hand every rustle of a pin. After 30 seconds, Ford's resistance was broken. For such a neat job, we without regret gave 3, 500 rubles.
Our rating: excellent
The following calls are to the popular ambulance companies
"Angel" was not long in coming: an hour later a bright yellow car loomed on the horizon. The corporate identity of the company can be traced in everything, starting from the car and ending with the overalls of the mechanic. Such an entourage immediately makes it clear that top-notch professionals work here.
However, the master chose a primitive path, opening the car with an air bag and a hook. True, he did everything carefully - he did not bend the frame of the door and did not damage the seal. Ford lasted only a minute and a half. Alas, you have to pay for the brand: the call was the most expensive in the raid - 4300 rubles.
Our rating: good
The crew of "Angar-17" rushed to the aid the fastest - after 30 minutes the master and apprentice began to solve the task. We liked their approach even less. Instead of a special wedge, the specialist began to bend the door with the help of a suction cup mounted on the side window.
Dosing the effort on weight is extremely difficult - tearing out the window together with the frame is simple, especially since the helper god did not offend the helper. Fortunately, this time it worked out - after 3 minutes the door was hospitably opened wide. Strength exercises "Angara" appreciated divinely - at 2500 rubles.
Our rating: good
Mocking the Ford a lot, we set to work on the Audi A6. This is a tighter nut: thanks to the double locking function, it is useless to pull the inner handle - the door will not open.
Before arriving, the master of the company "RAT" with a doubt in his voice asked for a long time about the car, the keys and even asked about the availability of a spare kit. Nevertheless, the challenge was accepted and after 40 minutes a technically armed technician began to storm the bastion.
Having made sure that you won’t take the standard Audi trick, he decided to hook the keychain out of the cup holder with the same hook. But this task was too much for him. Perhaps fatigue affected, or maybe there was not enough patience or dexterity. Desperate, the master offered to take us to the cottage for a second set of keys, but we did not order such a service.
Our rating: unsatisfactory
A specialist from the company "Auto Ranger" had to wait an hour and a half, but not in vain: he turned out to be a seasoned guy. While preparing the equipment, he managed to tell me that he was taking the keys out of the glove boxes and even … from the inside pocket of his jacket! He didn’t lie - right before our eyes, with the same wire hook, he deftly turned the keychain (lying, recall, in the cup holder of the central tunnel) with the buttons up and then pressed the desired one!
For everything about everything, it took him 4 minutes. Having paid for the work (3, 500 rubles), we asked - could he get the keys from the trunk? The task is more complicated! Chuckling, the master bent over the door larva. A couple of minutes, and the car again surrendered to the grace of a professional. He did not take money for a demonstration: authority is more expensive.
Our rating: four with a plus
But dealers, oddly enough, refused to help us. Like, Ford centers do not do this, look for specialists in the ads.
It seems that they agreed in one center, but only by preliminary (!) Entry. Know more where you fall …